11.24.2012

OG hipster: Roger Radcliffe

I think I have an explanation as to why I love British musicians with dogs who occasionally like to puff on a pipe. It's been a couple years, but didn't he bring a dead puppy back to life too? Sold.

Anita you lucky bitch. Ha get it? Bitch, like a female dog? 101 Dalmatians? forget it.

(tumblr / artofmanliness / tumblr)

9.29.2012

We are never ever ever getting back together... and watching this movie again

I just watched the film Mysterious Skin starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and... wow. It was good. I literally just finished watching it and as the credits started to roll I thought   "Wow. So many feelings. That was really good. To bad I'm never going to watching this film ever again ever."  I know that sounded sarcastic but it's all true! It was an amazing movie! My thought that JGL is one of the greatest actors of our time was definitely solidified and I learned that *I'm never going to let my son play little league. So you know, very educational all around. 

It got me thinking about all the movies I've seen where they have either been amazing conceptually, visually or it just has that something about it that makes it so penetrating. This film could've changed your life for christ sakes! But you do not want to see it again because damn, that was some kind of heavy shit.

So here I present to you my list of Movies That Were Amazing, But You Will Never See Again.

1. MYSTERIOUS SKIN
Don't be fooled by the tumblr gifs of Joe being all cute with his shirt off.
Shit.Gets.Real.
*See above comments

2. CITIZEN KANE
To quote Rachel Green "Yeah I know it's really boring, but its like a big deal..."
Citizen Kane is probably considered one of the ultimate classics, known especially for its at the time innovative cinematography and narrative structure (thank you random film class I took in high school). It really is though, I remember being in awe of it with the lighting techniques and the subtle dialogue. 
But damn is it long, 119 minutes actually. 
I know what you're thinking "Avatar is 171minutes!" yea and I wanted to jump ship 30 minutes in. Not the point, you see 119 minutes is good for soaking in the brilliance that is Orson Welles, but only once. You'll agree with me after you find out who Rosebud is...

3. NINE SONGS
So this movie definitely doesn't live up to the standards of Citizen Kane, its a 2004 indie movie, but I still found it interesting. It's a simple modern day indie love story. Smart hipster boy meets cute hipster girl and they listen to hipster music together. 
Ok its deeper than that but not why you think. One major thing about this film is the sex, lots and lots of UNSIMULATED sex. I'll let you recover from that shock, but yes practically every scene revolves around the two main leads having sex on camera. 
Sounds intense, but besides having a kick ass soundtrack, the film takes an interesting and controversial approach to the modern day "relationship" and how communications are just purely physical. I'm going to shut up because I could write a whole dissertation about this.
(wow it was hard finding an appropriate photo...)

4. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
I don't know what to say. Just no, no no no no no. I can't. I'm sorry.
Amazing cast with Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly (love you both!) and it made me cry. Also made me have nightmares. I'm glad I watched it because it was amazing but just no.

5. MELANCHOLIA
This movie was beautiful from top to bottom. Especially the scenes with Alexander Skarsgard. But despite all the beauty, Melancholia is just depressing. Which makes sense, its all about depression and the world ending. When my roommate and I finished watching it she screamed "what was the point of that?! They just sat there with the planet killing them all?!" uh... yeah. "Well why didn't they do anything?" There was nothing they could do.
Oh...
See? Don't you just feel super duper happy and ready for life? Yea we didn't feel that way either. We kind of just sat on the couch the rest of the night watching tv saying "what's the point if we get half off on our Dominos delivery. We're all gonna die anyway..."
fun nights.

Honorable Mentions aka 
The Films That Fuck With Your Mind But You'll Still Watch For Some Stupid Reason
-Natural Born Killers
- Life is Beautiful
- Girl, Interrupted

9.26.2012

Been trying hard not to get in trouble, but I've got a war in my mind

Once in a while something comes along where you don't know what hit you, thats Lana Del Rey. She is a queen, a new vocal set for our generation. I know know, I saw the Saturday Night Live performance, but lets be fair and realistic. It was her first live performance and now that we know Lana a bit better we now know, thats just Lana. The twirling and the white dress, very Del Rey. But in all seriousness, I could listen to her for hours. Every track on Born to Die is worthy of more than a listen or two.


Some critics believe that Del Rey is just another music executives creation to bring in profit. While I see where they are coming from, I say no. Like Lady Gaga, Lana isn't just another manufactured thing, this delicate femme fatale has just found herself. 


There is a beauty about Del Rey that I cannot put my finger on. She's beautiful yes but its something not as obvious as that. She's tough and sweet, crass with class, a voice that can be slow like honey or light and flirtatious like that feeling you get in your stomach after a few cocktails. 


Maybe its the fact that when I listen to her new single Ride I feel like crying. I don't know why, it could be because her voice starts warm like a nostalgic hug from my mother. Maybe because the lyrics and the tone give me shivers, rising in a liberating fashion. You just want to sing along and float around the room with your eyes closed and pretend your in a scene shot by Sofia Coppola*

* That was me subtly suggesting that Sofia and Lana need to collaborate.

Needless to say, I am very excited for The Paradise Edition to be released.

9.13.2012

What's your damage?

As soon as I heard the tragic news I just had to write about it. Bravo, the channel that has brought you ground breaking television shows such as The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have decided to revive the original mean girl cult classic Heathers.


Now the Heathers came out in the 80s and is a dark comedy, not to mention several characters die. I'm not naming names, google it if you're so curious! I'm just wondering what a station like Bravo has in mind for the reboot? Oh and did I mention it's from the 80s?!

According to Wikipedia:
Heathers picks up 20 years later when Veronica returns home to Sherwood, Ohio with her teenage daughter, who must contend with the next generation of mean girls, all named "Ashley". They are all the daughters of the surviving 2 Heathers. Neither Winona Ryder or Christian Slater are attached to the project.


...... I don't even know where to begin. I'll start with the fact that its blasphemy that Winona wouldn't be involved. Good that she isn't cause she's better than that, but still! Not to mention I despise when they replace characters with new actors and we're just supposed to pretend like it didn't happen? I'm talking to you Twilight and every soap opera in the history of the world! 


Also, if its a "next generation" of Heathers named Ashley, why not call the show Ashleys and leave my favorite movie alone! And "Ashley"? Really? What is it 1991? What's Veronicas daughter going to be named, Jessica? It's no Cher Horowitz or Regina George.


9.05.2012

Off Duty

I love models, love love love them. Real models though. Not the ones that think a gaping mouth and "smizing" while a photographer takes your snaps shots of you on a concreate floor in lingerie.
(P.S Were you on xanax girl? We all want to know!)

You know whats better than models? Models off duty. Its not enough that they look gorgeous in editorials, but to know that they're the epitome of "young wild and free", have talents outside of modeling and still look pretty amazing without all the photoshop that still plagues the industry? It's enough to make you want to set yourself on fire from jealousy.

frida gustavsson and charlie westerberg

bambi northwood blyth



vlada roslyakova

behati prinsloo

cara delevingne

You can think this whole thing is ridiculous, but do you look that attractive while shot gunning a beer? If you say yes then you are in denial. No one looks good shot gunning a beer.
Unless you're a model.